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Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action
May 11, 2018
Efforts to support social, emotional, and academic development and to address racial equity cannot be pursued separately, as aspects of the two issues are mutually reinforcing, a report from the Aspen Institute argues. The report, Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action (12 pages, PDF), calls for...
2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index
May 5, 2018
The United States' overall readiness for managing health emergencies has been improving steadily since 2013, an assessment by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on indicators tied to health security and surveillance, community planning and engagement, incident and information management, healthcare delivery, countermeasure...
The Financial Performance of Impact Investing Through Private Debt
May 2, 2018
In general, private debt funds focused on social impact can offer impact investors stable returns, a report from the Global Impact Investing Network and Symbiotics finds. Based on an analysis of the aggregate performance since 2012 of fifty private debt impact funds (PDIFs) and more than a hundred community development loan funds (CDLFs), the...
Implementation of New York's Close to Home Initiative: A New Model for Youth Justice
April 29, 2018
New York's Close to Home juvenile justice reform initiative — which supports efforts to transfer young offenders from large, dangerous, and ineffective facilities to community-based alternatives and expand family-based support services and interventions — has generated significant benefits for the city's youth, their families, and their...
Women Journalists and Online Harassment
April 26, 2018
A majority of women journalists face the threat of online harassment when engaging with audiences on social media as part of their jobs, a report from the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication finds. Based on interviews with seventy-five female journalists in Germany, India, Taiwan, the...
Coming Together for Change: A Qualitative Study of the 'Love Your Block' Program
April 23, 2018
The Cities of Service Love Your Block program — a three-year initiative supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Bloomberg Philanthropies that was designed to help mayors engage low-income residents in community-revitalization efforts — did in fact help strengthen social cohesion among residents, a report...
Toward the Future of Arts Philanthropy: The Disruptive Vision of Memphis Music Initiative
April 20, 2018
A thriving arts environment is essential for youth development and social justice, yet traditional approaches to arts philanthropy are insufficient to address the lack of access to arts programming for underserved youth of color, a report from the Memphis Music Initiative argues. The report, Toward the Future of Arts Philanthropy: The Disruptive...
Ten Principles for Building Resilience
April 14, 2018
Well-planned investments in urban resilience to mitigate the impacts of climate change can also improve a city's economic performance and livability, a report from the Urban Land Institute finds. Funded by the Kresge Foundation and the New York Community Trust, the report, Ten Principles for Building Resilience (44 pages, PDF), outlines the...
The State of Justice Reform 2017
April 11, 2018
Even as the Trump administration pushed for a return to 1990s-era "tough on crime" policies for federal prosecution, state and local criminal justice reform efforts saw significant progress in 2017, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. According to the interactive report, The State of Justice Reform 2017, grassroots campaigns helped...
Summer Learning Recruitment Guide
April 8, 2018
School districts planning to launch voluntary summer learning programs to address opportunity gaps in learning for low-income children must include targeted recruitment efforts, a report from the Wallace Foundation argues. The Summer Learning Recruitment Guide (11 pages, PDF) highlights lessons learned from five school districts that participated...